10 things you need to know today: March 27, 2023

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1. Netanyahu fires defense minister for opposing judicial overhaul

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu fired Defense Minister Yoav Gallant on Sunday after Gallant called for Netanyahu's far-right government to halt its push to overhaul the judicial system, saying opposition to the plan, including within the military, threatened security. Gallant's dismissal intensified fear that Netanyahu would push through the divisive plan, triggering massive protests overnight and a widespread strike, although Netanyahu reportedly is still considering whether to proceed with the changes. Netanyahu's proposal to give the government greater control over appointing judges and curb the Supreme Court's ability to overturn legislation has fueled weeks of unrest. Critics say the government's effort to weaken judicial independence amounts to an attack on the country's democracy.

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Harold Maass is a contributing editor at The Week. He has been writing for The Week since the 2001 debut of the U.S. print edition and served as editor of TheWeek.com when it launched in 2008. Harold started his career as a newspaper reporter in South Florida and Haiti. He has previously worked for a variety of news outlets, including The Miami Herald, ABC News and Fox News, and for several years wrote a daily roundup of financial news for The Week and Yahoo Finance.